Thursday, October 20, 2011


Today is National Brandied Fruit Day
1803  The US Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase
1818  The US and Great Britain established the boundary between the US and Canada to be the 49th parallel
1889  Benjamin Babbitt died – he held more than 100 patents, among them were soap processes, steam boilers and pumps
1925  Columnist and author Art Buchwald was born
1944  30 blocks of Cleveland, Ohio were destroyed after a liquid gas factory exploded – 135 died
1944  General Douglas MacArthur stepped foot on the Philippines 2 ½ years after saying “I shall return”
1947  The House Un-American Activities Committee opened hearings into Communist influence in Hollywood
1964  Herbert Hoover, 31st President, died at age 90
1967  An all white jury convicted seven people in the murder of three civil rights workers
1968  Jacqueline Kennedy married Aristotle Onassis
1971  Rapper Snoop Dogg was born
1973  Watergate Special Prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired by President Nixon when Cox had threatened to seek a judicial ruling that Nixon was violating a court order to turn over papers
1979  The JFK Library was dedicated in Boston
1981  Three members of the Weather Underground were arrested for armored car robbery in NY – one guard and two police officers were killed
1988  Britain ended a suspects right to be silent in a continuing battle with the Irish Republican Army
1993  Attorney General Janet Reno warned the TV industry to work on limiting the violence in their programs
1994  Actor Burt Lancaster died at age 80
2004  Boston beats NYY 10-3 – came back from a 3-0 deficit in the ALCS – 1st team in MLB history to do so – Johnny Damon hit 2 HRs, one a grand slam for 6 RBI
2002  20 year old Francisco Rodriguez of Anaheim is the youngest pitcher to ever win a World Series game – retired 9 straight batters in 3 innings of relief
1996  St. Louis beats Jacksonville 17-14 despite being out gained 538 to 202 – Jacksonville had 6 turnovers, 5 interceptions by Mark Brunnel             
1996  19 year old Andruw Jones hits 2 HRs in Atlanta’s 12-1 win over NYY – youngest to hit a HR in World Series history
1993  Toronto wins game four of the World Series 15-14 over Philadelphia – most runs in World Series history passing the 22 in 1936
1990  Cincinnati beats heavily favored Oakland to win the World Series
1988  LA Dodgers beat the A’s 5-2 to win World Series – Orel Hershiser named MVP – won 2 complete game games giving up 2 earned runs in total
1976  Philadelphia 76ers get Julius Erving from the NY Nets for $3 million
1973  Boston Celtics gets NBA record 39 offensive rebounds but lose the game by a score of 96-87
1962  John Havlicek makes his NBA debut with Boston – scores 26,395 points in his career and won 8 NBA championships
1936  Carl Hubbell named NL MVP – had a 26-6 record and 2.31 ERA – gave up 7 HRs in 304 innings pitched
1935  Hank Greenberg of Detroit named AL MVP – batted .328, 30 HRs, 170 RBI
1961  Runaround Sue – Dion
1965  Yesterday – The Beatles
1966  Reach Out (I’ll Be There) – The Four Tops
1967  To Sir, With Love - Lulu
1968  Hey Jude –The Beatles
1969  I Can’t Get Next to You – The Temptations
1970  I’ll Be There – The Jackson 5
1971  Maggie May – Rod Stewart
1973  Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips
1974  Then Came You – Dionne Warwick & the Spinners
1976  If You Leave Me Now - Chicago
1977  You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone
1978  Kiss You All Over – Exile
1980  Woman In Love – Barbra Streisand
1982  Jack and Diane – John Cougar
1983  Total Eclipse of the Heart – Bonnie Tyler
1984  I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
1985  Saving All My Love for You – Whitney Houston
1986  True Colors – Cyndi Lauper
1987  Bad – Michael Jackson
1989  Miss You Much – Janet Jackson
1991  Emotions – Mariah Carey
1992  End of the Road – Boyz II Men
1993  Dream Lover – Mariah Carey
1994  I’ll Make Love to You – Boyz II Men
1996  Macarena – Los Del Rio       
1997  Candle in the Wind (1997) – Elton John
1999  Smooth – Santana with Rob Thomas

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